Frequently Asked Questions Following An Arrest
At Vergara & Favia Law, LTD, our attorneys encounter many of the same questions from people after they have been arrested. The following are some of those frequently asked questions.
It is important to keep in mind that everyone’s case is unique, and there is nothing that can replace the advice and information you receive from meeting with a lawyer one-on-one. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 331-223-4529.
Should I talk to the police after I have been arrested?
No. Everyone has seen a movie or television show where a character is informed that they “have the right to remain silent.” This is not just a line used for dramatic purposes. It is one of the rights guaranteed to you, and it is important to assert this right.
You should never speak with a police officer, detective or prosecutor without first speaking with an attorney. You cannot talk yourself out of trouble, but you can talk yourself into it. Exercising your right to remain silent is not an admission of guilt.
What should I do after I have been arrested?
Other than remaining silent, it is essential to seek legal help as soon as possible. Having a lawyer in your corner will ensure that your rights remain protected and will help force the police to act within the law.
Am I going to prison?
There is no simple answer to this question. A lot of it depends on the unique facts of your case, the seriousness of the charge, your past criminal history and the evidence that will be used against you. Our goal is always to keep you out of prison. If that doesn’t appear to be a realistic option, we will do everything we can to help minimize the consequences.
How can a lawyer help me?
A lawyer understands the criminal justice system and how the process operates. Even lawyers who find themselves accused of a crime hire other lawyers to help defend them. As mentioned above, a lawyer understands how to protect your rights, which can only strengthen your defense. In addition, a lawyer will work hard to help build your defense in an effort to get your charges dismissed or reduced or to minimize the potentially harsh consequences of a criminal conviction.
Contact Us For Answers To Your Questions
We know it can be overwhelming to find yourself placed under arrest and charged with a crime. We are here to help protect your rights. Call us at 331-223-4529 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.
With offices in St. Charles and Wheaton, we are conveniently located to help meet the needs of people throughout the western suburbs of Chicago.